John Maxwell Law of Empowerment

The Law of Empowerment: Jesus Empowered His Team to Work

John Maxwell's Leadership Bible
John Maxwell’s Leadership Bible

John Maxwell’s Leadership Bible is stocked full of great insights to the leadership principles that God has shared with us through His spiritual leaders. Maxwell’s Leadership Bible reveals many of those leadership qualities through Jesus Christ and how He exemplified being a leader. In the Book of Luke, Maxwell lists some “laws of leadership” that Christian leaders should emulate. The Law of Empowerment is one of them.

The Law of Empowerment: Jesus Empowered His Team to Work

Let’s examine Luke 10: 1-24:

Jesus Sends Out the Seventy-Two

10 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.

“When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house.

“When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you. Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10 But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust of your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God has come near.’ 12 I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.

13 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. 15 And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades.

16 “Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.”

17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”

18 He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

21 At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.

22 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

23 Then he turned to his disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. 24 For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.” (NIV: Bible Gateway)

The Law of Empowerment: Jesus Empowered His Team to Work

Jesus gave His power to a team of 72 disciples (leaders) and sent them out two by two. Although they felt apprehensive about this first missions trip, Jesus gave them everything they needed to be successful. Notice how Jesus equipped them:

  • He appointed them and sent them out (v. 1)
  • He gave them a meaningful task to prepare villages & cities for His arrival (v. 1)
  • He told them why their mission was so important (v. 2)
  • He calmed their fears with a long preparation speech (vv. 2-16)
  • He cautioned them about possible hardship (v. 3)
  • He issued explicit instructions about potential scenarios (vv. 4-11)
  • He imparted His convictions about their work (v. 12-15)
  • He rejoiced with them as they returned (vv. 17, 18)
  • He evaluated and debriefed them on their experience (vv. 19, 20)
  • He prayed with them and affirmed their gifts and their future (vv. 21-24) (John Maxwell’s Leadership Bible)

As leaders, we need to take heed to the examples of Jesus’ ministry and how he interacted with those in His care. Empower those who are under your care as Jesus did.

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